Man is suspect in father’s beating
Jacob D. Newer, 26, is suspected of beating his father, David J. Newer, 57, at the Inn-B-Tween motel, N1691 County H, between Pell Lake and Lake Geneva, said Capt. Dana Nigbor of the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department detective bureau.
Jacob Newer was arrested early Wednesday morning on suspicion of disorderly conduct. He was scheduled for a bail hearing today and faces a possible charge of felony battery, Nigbor said.
If David Newer dies, the charges could be greater, she said.
Police believe David Newer suffered the injuries about 3 a.m. Tuesday. A family member found him, and he was not taken to the hospital until after 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nigbor said.
Aurora Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn called police to report the incident about 9 p.m., Nigbor said. David Newer was flown to St. Luke’s, where he was in critical condition this morning.
Police believe David Newer had been at the motel visiting his brother, Frank Newer, who was living there. Both David and Jacob were believed to live north of the motel in a mobile home at Pioneer Estates mobile home park at Highway 120 and County H. Jacob Newer also had a listed address of 5901 Milwaukee St., Richmond, Ill., according to jail records.
Detectives are unsure of the reasons for the scuffle. It does not appear that weapons were used, Nigbor said.
Frank Newer is a witness and is not suspected of wrongdoing, Nigbor said.
“Through investigation, (Jacob) admits he was involved in a ‘minor’ altercation. That’s his words,” Nigbor said. “We’re still investigating this. We’re still interviewing a lot of other people.”
All nine sheriff’s detectives are working on the case because of the seriousness of the injuries, Nigbor said. David Newer suffered extensive head injuries. She could not release more information about his condition.
Jacob Newer was scratched and bruised but was not hospitalized, Nigbor said.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us to do,” Nigbor said. “This is in no way clear cut ... We have a lot of work ahead of us still.”
Jacob Newer has a handful of misdemeanor convictions, mostly in Kenosha County, according to online court records. He has been convicted of disorderly conduct, trespassing, theft, drunken driving and several counts of bail jumping. Most of his stints in jail have been a few months or less, usually with Huber privileges. However, he spent a year in jail starting in 2005 after his probation was revoked.